A challenge is an attempt toremove or restrict materials,based upon the objections of a person or group.
A banning is the removal of thosechallenged materials.
• Self-censorship is when materials aren’t added to the library collection due to the controversial nature of the book and fear they will be challenged.• Self-censorship is also when a librarian chooses not to add materials to the collection based on personal bias.
• When ordering books for your collection it is important you maintain a balance.• Just because you don’t like a topic or genre doesn’t mean you can leave those out of your orders.• You can’t let your bias influence your purchasing.
Articles To Read For Further Information• A Dirty Little Secret: Self-Censorship• Challenging Self-Censorship: A 21st-century vision for an ethical future• Moving toward a Method to Test for Self- Censorship by School Library Media Specialists• Self-Censorship: Lets Talk about It• Self-Censorship: Take the Test• Not Censorship But Selection
• ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom• National Coalition of Against Censorship• Intellectual Freedom Manual, 8th Edition• NCTE Position Statements on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship
There are people and organizations helpingpossible censors prepare their complaints.• PABBIS (Parents Against Bad Books in Schools)• SafeLibraries.org• Facts on Fiction• Parents Aware• Citizens for Literary Standards in Schools• Citizens for Academic Responsibility
What if someone challenges a book in your collection?• You should have a Selection Policy and Reconsideration Policy in place. REFER to your policies.• Steps to Follow During a Challenge• ALA Tips for Schools• How to Write a Rationale (NCTE)
In order for schools and libraries toreceive E-rate funding, they must showproof that filters are in place.In addition, schools must monitor theonline activities of minors and educatethem about Internet safety andcyberbullying.
The Law• CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act)PRO Filtering Organzations• InternetFilters.org• Plan2Succeed• Plan2Succeed Examples
Articles• The Privacy Problem: Although school librarians seldom discuss it, students’ privacy rights are under attack• Confidentiality• Protecting Students’ Rights and Keeping Your Job• ALA 2010: Privacy in the School Library
Want To Discuss Intellectual Freedom?• Visit the discussion board.• http://shsulibsci.proboards.com• Choose the Intellectual Freedom thread.• Click New Thread in the top right corner.
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